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Despite an election night defeat, Ohariu candidate Brett Hudson is guaranteed a place in Parliament, being 30 on the party list. Labour’s Greg O’Connor leads by a mere 679 votes, neither man can be sure of the final outcome until those votes are counted on October 7. Brett has guarded confidence that National will be able to form a coalition with New Zealand First, led by Winston Peters. And if that is so, he hoped the Prime Minster saw a role for him. “I’m open to that, and ambitious to have greater responsibilities. As do all my colleagues of course.” Brett’s background was in information technology, with 20 years in business development. In the last government he was deputy chair of the Commerce Select Committee. He has “enormous respect” for Bill English as leader, not just because he is one of the funniest people he’s ever
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Council drives bus union mad over new contracts By Jamie Adams
There is still no resolution as the union representing Wellington’s bus drivers remains deadlocked with Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) over terms and conditions under an imminent new operating company. The regional council, which manages public transport under the brand Metlink, had earlier in the year awarded Masterton-based Tranzit Coachlines the tender to operate 60 percent of the buses in Wellington City from July 2018. They will replace current operator NZ Bus, which will
retain the other 40 percent, and about 200 drivers, on a new east-west route. Wellington Tramways Union secretary Kevin O’Sullivan said while he didn’t anticipate job losses, his big concern was the terms and conditions that would arise from the Tranzit contracts. “Tranzit weren’t showing an interest in transferring our original terms,” he said. “We want to retain penal rates and have control over how many hours we work in a day.” While the union wasn’t happy with Tranzit’s employment contract, “the real villains in this” were Greater Wellington,
Kevin said. “GWRC failed to ensure this was a requirement in the tender process and as a consequence should be in no doubt… that unless our members’ terms and conditions of employment are transferred, bus users will not be getting any ride,” he said in an open letter. “They are being told what to do by the National Government,” he later said. Greater Wellington deputy chair of the transport committee Chris Laidlaw said the contract transfer was the outcome of an independently conducted competitive tender process
ordained by the Government. “Tranzit became the preferred tender based on price, employment practices and environmental performance,” he said, referring to its trial of fast-charge electric buses. Laidlaw said there would not be any job losses under the new operator. “On the contrary there could be additional job opportunities. Tranzit has said it is looking to employ as many NZ Bus employees as possible.” While Tranzit had different employment conditions to NZ Bus, he said there was no evidence that on average employees would be paid less.
Prestigious award to local student The $10,000 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka premier award for 2017 this year went to a Karori student Neakiry Kivi for her presentation “Reinventing Solar: the solution is clear”. A Samuel Marsden College Year 13 student, she competed against secondary and tertiary students nationwide. Her win is the second for Wellington area in two years. Last year Scots College student Andrew Tang was the winner with his presentation featuring the use of algae as a biofuel. Neakiry received her award from the Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at a black tie dinner at Government House on September 8. She was also one of five students selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the 11th Asian Science Camp held in late August in Malaysia. During the week-long event Neakiry and more than 250 oth-
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Tunnel work halted Seismic strengthening on the Northland Tunnel is now unlikely to be completed until early November. This is due to what a Wellington City Council spokesperson identifies as “a slight set back”, with the discovery of cables not identified on plans and believed to date back to tram days. Work was stopped to confirm the cables were not live.
Johnsonville Bowls success Johnsonville Bowling Club’s president Grant Wakefield has been presented with Bowls NZ Club Check Gold Award, recognising excellence in club management. The club had a big turnout of members to witness the presentation of the award.
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Wednesday September 27, 2017
Pupils grow green thumbs Queen Margaret College pupils have been pulling on their gloves to keep their school green. The Junior Gardening Club is an initiative started this year after school gardener Sara Bishop noticed girls were interested in the garden. Every Friday at lunchtime, the girls grab their watering cans and gardening gloves to meet with Sara to learn how to grow different plants. “The children were very inquisitive about what I was doing so I thought it would be a good idea to educate them with a gardening club,” Sara explained. The enthusiastic group has 25 pupils from year 2 to 6 with a range of experience levels in the garden. Year 12 students Stella Zhang and Prajna Baskar are also involved to collaborate with the younger girls for their International Baccalaureate studies. The pair got involved to help the club start a proposal for a greenhouse as part of their “Creativity, Activity, Service” segment of their IB Diploma. “It’s good to help the younger kids to become passionate about the environment,” Stella said. “I interviewed one of the Gardening Club kids as part of our project and I asked her what she thought about it. She said it encouraged her to go outside and garden at home.” Some of the lessons so far have included learning how to grow plants from seed, companion
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planting, worm farming, transplanting and planting cuttings. This term the group gained a compost farm and would soon start growing plants for the spring and summer vegetable garden. “We are growing vegetables including lettuce, radishes and kale,” Sara said. “It is a great way to show them how they can grow their own food
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Iconic Wellington furniture store, Parker Ferguson Studio, has re-located to the Lindale Centre in Kapiti, where they will continue to offer the same exquisite ranges as ever, and service the entire Wellington Region and beyond. For 40 years, Parker Ferguson has been supplying high-end New Zealand & Italian furniture, tailor made curtaining & soft furnishing, including cushions, bedding & headboards, custom
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Dr John Hay with a “state of the art” predator trap By Glenise Dreaver After three years of hard work, a “Ring of Steel” now helps protect native wildlife and plants from predators on a large area of the Kapiti Coast. Dr John Hay, chairperson of the Kapiti Coast Biodiversity Group, says that since their volunteers have installed over a hundred Good Nature state-of-the art predator traps round and through 2000 hectares of often wild terrain, thousands of rats, stoats, weasels, ferrets and mice have been caught. The steep gullies make trap monitoring difficult, so ground-breaking technology is being installed. “Smart traps” with electronic sensors send signals to cell phones when triggered. However cellphone reception, especially from deep gullies, is also an issue so a new and ingenious system has been designed with Aeroplane Island, off Kapiti Island, a vital link. The Paekakariki firm of Ground Truth is supporting the group’s work by installing, for free, the $6000 transmitter on the island which receives and sends the traps’ messages on to Kapiti and then to designated cellphones. “It’s great technology with international
potential and our link is available to any other interested groups in the area,” said Dr Hay. The group is working on a second application for funding. They received $300,000 three years ago and to continue they need the same amount again. However, despite their ground-breaking project, there is now fierce competition from similar projects nationwide, he said. Yet despite their success, they face a new challenge. He says the building of the expressway and wetlands regeneration along it has brought an unexpected spin-off in the form of a giant strain of ferrets. “We’ve always trapped weasels and stoats and a few ferrets. Now these huge predators seem to be marching unimpeded through the new thoroughfare.” The Biodiversity Group is a cluster of five local trusts working together. They are the Kapiti section of the Forest and Bird society, Nga Manu, which covers the northern area, the Friends of QE Park, the Guardians of the former Land Corp property Whareroa Farm and Nga Uru Ora, which covers the escarpment from Paekakariki to Pukerua.
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readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How do you feel about the election results?
Christine Hatton It was an obvious outcome but it really shows people’s appetite for change isn’t as great as predicted.
Hayden Kaffes I’m a first time voter and I’m disappointed because I voted National. But I try to keep out of politics.
Zair Parkes The biggest problem is Winston Peters. How can one person, with nine percent of the vote, decide what happens? It shouldn’t work like that.
Mary Boyes I had voted for MMP but didn’t foresee Winston Peters holding the balance. It’s proportional representation but not proportional power.
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EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a shop in Broderick Road, located within the mall area, was entered after the premises had closed but while the gates were still open. The offender stole the till machine, the PIN pad and screen, cash from the till and a charity box. All items were hidden under the counter. An offender entered the reception area of a motel located in Burgess Road and stole a com-
puter screen monitor placed there for the use of guests. A Nissan Pulsar saloon stolen from Haumia Street, Johnsonville, was later recovered in Raumati South in a damaged condition. An attempt was made to steal a Toyota Corolla stationwagon that had been parked overnight in Kitchener Terrace. A window was smashed to gain access and the ignition barrel was damaged in an unsuccessful attempt to start
the car. In Newlands, the garage of a house under construction in Promontory Crescent was broken into and a large quantity of power tools and associated builder’s equipment were stolen. A Toyota Corolla stationwagon parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Northwood Close had its visor removed and stolen. A Toyota Echo hatchback, parked alongside, had its right
front tyre slashed. A house in Kinapori Terrace was broken into, a laundry window was forced open to gain entry and some items were stolen. A house in Bracken Road was entered by tampering with the lock on the front door. Boots, jewellery items and tattoo needles were stolen. A white Toyota Hilux utility parked overnight in the driveway of a house in Ruskin Road was
stolen. In Churton Park a flowering plant approximately one metre tall was dug up and stolen from the garden of a house in Amesbury Drive. In Grenada Village a house under construction in Sandino Place was entered via a removed rear aluminium framed window. The window was thrown down a bank and smashed. A quantity of builder’s tools was stolen.
Time flies for Johnsonville elders
Cashmere Home residents enjoy a game of balloon volleyball together. PHOTO: Supplied
They say time flies when you’re having fun – that’s the approach the staff and residents of Enliven’s Cashmere Home are taking when it comes to engaging elders’ minds and bodies. The Johnsonville home is run by Enliven, part of Presbyterian Support Central, and follows an holistic elder-centred philosophy known as the Eden Alternative. “At Cashmere Home, we embrace Enliven’s philosophy, which is all about holistic care and providing much more than healthcare,” says recreation officer Liz Rivadelo. “As part of that approach, we do our best to offer residents as many opportunities for spontaneity, independence and meaningful connection as we can.” Sometimes, that means getting a little creative. An activity which frequently pops up on the residents’ tailored recreation roster, for example, is a sport you may not have heard of – balloon volleyball. “We just had a few balloons lying around one day, and the staff and residents just started throwing them around. The residents had so much fun with it, we started scheduling it whenever there was time to spare
before lunch,” says Liz. “It’s a great workout for the residents, yet it doesn’t feel like ‘exercise’ and involves a lot of hand-eye coordination, so it’s also wonderful for the brain. The residents get quite competitive!” Cashmere Home’s recreation programme also includes regular music therapy, indoor bowls, speakers and entertainers, knitting and art, as well as lots of unplanned and spontaneous activities. “All of these activities help to foster a healthy connection between the mind and body. They also help to break up the monotony of the day and give residents a chance to have a bit of a laugh together,” says Liz. “That sense of fun and connection is really important to elders’ emotional wellbeing and the staff don’t mind taking part too much either.” To learn more about the Enliven philosophy and the services on offer at Enliven’s homes, including Cashmere Home and its sister home, Cashmere Heights Home, visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz or call Cashmere Home directly on 04 477 7067. PBA
Wednesday September 27, 2017
One woman’s mission to improve mental health of Kiwis
Karori resident Carina Allen is the founder of The Zen Division. PHOTO: Supplied
In the face of record suicide numbers, reports of inadequate mental health support and increasingly demanding lifestyles, one woman is on a mission to tackle mental health issues at their source by bringing a little zen to people’s daily lives. Karori local Carina Allen is the founder of The Zen Division, a business focussed on helping Kiwis overcome everyday stresses with a toolkit to encourage intentional self-care. She said it was critical that people took time to look after themselves in their increasingly busy lifestyles. “It’s happening to everyday people,” Carina said. “It’s a crisis for everyone, not just people with a history of mental health issues. “Many of us spend so much of our time trying to be everything to everyone, and trying to live up to unrealistic expectations. We are not allowing enough time to take care of ourselves.” The World Health Organisation puts depression as the leading cause of disabilities worldwide, and said there were
clear links to the suicide rate. The suicide statistics in New Zealand are as high as they have ever been at 13 deaths per 100,000 people. According to the latest Ministry of Health Survey, a rising number of the population (seven percent) are suffering from ‘psychological distress’ caused by anxiety and depression. Carina has worked in mental health for the last decade and said people were feeling they need to be constantly stimulated, thanks to an increasing array of distractions in their lives. Through The Zen Division, she provides workshops on mindfulness and self-care. These focus on helping people seek solutions, including how they can find time for themselves, the level of rest they need, and techniques and equipment to support them. “We are programmed to better ourselves, and often think we need to keep doing more each day to achieve this. I realise through talking to people that a lot of them are on the verge of fatigue. We need to understand that being calm and centred can be much more effective,” Carina explained.
New Porter’s Paint range in Guthrie Bowron Thorndon Guthrie Bowron is pleased to be able to bring Porter’s Paints to Wellington and the Thorndon area. The range offers specialty paint finishes that include Chalk Emulsion paint for furniture restoration, French Wash for stunning feature walls, through to Liquid Iron – creating a rust finish that can be used on anything from house exteriors to garden features. Since Porter’s Paints have arrived the Guthrie Bowron team have been working with the products and can offer colour selection advice, sampling and product advice. There are a number of finishes on display. With an enviable range of colour and finishes available, Porter’s Paints has something for everyone. One of the popular finishes is Chalk Emulsion. A very matt and chalky appearance, it is ideal for refurbishing furniture. Creating finishes seen in French Provincial and Scandinavian furniture, you can change the appearance of old tired furniture easily. Porter’s Chalk Emulsion is self-priming on most surfaces so there is no need for sanding.
Porter’s French Wash is another gorgeous addition to a home or project where you just want to add a little luxury. Using Porters Low Sheen Acrylic as a base you can apply French Wash using a brush and muslin to give a soft mottled effect, seen in traditional Mediterranean homes as well as modern homes. The colour combinations are stunning! Porter’s Paints range of reactive metal paints is unrivalled. Create a feature wall or something special for your garden with Porter’s Liquid Iron and Instant Rust. Using two coats of Liquid Iron and then applying an activator – Instant Rust, your project can take on the appearance of rusting steel. A beautiful addition to front doors, feature walls and landscaped areas. These are just a few of the products that Porter’s Paints can offer, for more finishes and information visit www. porterspaints.co.nz, or come and see the team in store at Guthrie Bowron Thorndon, 286 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea. Mark Rickard and Team from Guthrie Bowron Thorndon
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Living with early on-set dementia By Glenise Dreaver
Wellington’s Memory Walk to raise awareness of dementia was held at Zealandia on Saturday morning. It was a bittersweet event for Lauren Bullen (53) and her daughter Rebecca (23). In 2011 Lauren, in her mid-40s and a real estate agent in Johnsonville, was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Rebecca, still a teenager and a scholarship student, had her sights set on a law degree at Nottingham University, then a top-flight career in property law in England, where her father lived. Lauren, however, had known for a while that something was very wrong. “I was panicking all the time.” She had plenty to panic about. There was a real estate downturn, her relationship with her partner broke up and she ended up with no house and no job. Rebecca, in her final year of secondary school in Auckland, didn’t see what was happening. Her grandparents and Lauren, now working at three jobs, supported her to have the fine education they felt she deserved. “I was spoiled rotten.” So it was on to England with daily phone calls home. But she still did not realise the real problem. Home for a holiday after a year, she was met at the airport by her grandparents, her aunt, and Lauren. “We went to a cafe and they told me. My mother had early onset
dementia. I had learned the family secret.” At 2am she was researching Google hoping for good news. “There was none.” She was to learn, however, that academic understanding and living it were very different. She was not to do that for two years, as her family ordered her back to finish her degree. “This had totally mucked up my life. I didn’t want it to muck up Beccy’s too,” says Lauren. At Rebecca’s graduation, she honoured her mother through the family gift of a flower and tapa cloth, mementoes of their Samoan heritage. There would be no career in England with a home and family, or indulging her passions for ballroom dancing and choral singing. “Welcome to the real world,” she says. There is no regret visible. “Mum would have done this in a heartbeat for me.” With no job and no partner, she returned and rented a flat, the two living on benefits. Rebecca has a part–time administrative job with a wonderful firm. “If we’ve got an appointment, or had a bad night it’s always ‘Don’t worry. Come in when you can’.” That was huge during the seven weeks Lauren spent in hospital with an ankle injury. She couldn’t walk and the panic of being in a strange environment meant Rebecca had to stay. The two women are amazed at how kind people in this community
inbrief news Free technical advice The topic for the free monthly drop in for the Churton Park Community Centre on October 4 will be technical advice. The session, to be held from 12-2pm, will offer quick fixes with personal laptops, tablets and phones from volunteer expert Marc Nicholson.
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Lauren and Rebecca Bullen try to make a weekly coffee a regular treat. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
are. If Lauren gets confused at the supermarket, the staff know her and sit her down with a cup of tea. They struggled to get an optometrist because she can’t read letters or numbers, until a “lovely man” at Porirua Specsavers solved the problem in seconds. You can still see the fun-loving Lauren behind the veil, though Rebecca grieves she
has forgotten the school camp fun and games she was famous for. Music is big in her life, especially the CD’s with O Sole Mio, and also Englebert Humperdinck, Rod Stewart and Tom Jones. She remembers Tom vividly, having been to one of his concerts. “He kissed me!” Some things are hard to forget.
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Pukerua Bay inspires award-winning author By Glenise Dreaver
Gillian Candler with her collection of popular children’s books. PHOTO: Glenise Dreaver
Children’s author Gillian Chandler of Pukerua Bay combines her passion for the environment with writing top-selling books to bring New Zealand’s natural world alive for children. One of her recent books, From Moa to Dinosaurs: Explore and Discover Ancient New Zealand, published in 2016, saw her one of the top five finalists in the New Zealand Book Awards For Children And Young Adults. Whose Feet Are These? is one
of her guessing game series, with illustrations of feet that allow the child to turn the page to find the native animal to which they belong. Gillian is also excited that this month Up the River: Explore and discover New Zealand’s Lakes and Wetlands will become her eighth published book. It was in 2012 that she started writing and she is one of New Zealand’s relatively few full-time authors. A long-time resident of Pukerua Bay, Gillian remembers taking her now-grown son down to the
beach and wishing that there was a book that could have helped them identify and find out about what they discovered there. With her Explore and Discovery series, she is moving to fill that gap. “To have children understand about animals in their habitat is so very important.” Her “very talented” illustrators have been important in allowing her to achieve that she says. “I’ve been very lucky with them.” The colours chosen are true to nature and the children can recognise the animals based on the pictures.
Council grants support Wellington’s social good Council recently approved almost a $250,000 in grants to 48 diverse projects around the city – from underwater awareness to undergrowth activists. “Our long term plan has a strong focus on building on our cultural and creative identity, enhancing our way of life, engaging our communities, encouraging diversity,
and promoting healthy lifestyles – and these projects go a long way to contributing towards this,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, council’s arts and culture portfolio lead, said. The Social and Recreation Fund granted $107,600 to 13 projects including a pilot Wellington CBD Support Zone for
young people ($50,000) Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group Wellington ($8000) InsideOUT Koaro ($7,000), the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network ($10,000) and Nisa Clothing ($10,000). Nisa Clothing is a start-up with a social objective to provide opportunities for former refugees to get work experience, and build con-
fidence and community integration by making and selling garments. “It’s great to see Wellington City Council getting on board with social enterprises, and giving our refugee community a helping hand,” co-director Elisha Watson said. “This grant will make a massive difference to our fledgling
brand, with the goal to employ and empower women from a refugee background with sewing skills. “We will use the grant money to buy ‘raw’ materials like fabric and elastics, which will be transformed into beautiful organic cotton pieces by our former refugee seamsters.” The next application closing date for these funds is October 3, 2017.
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That followed wins at the New phone 977-8787 or 021-0717-674 or email Kyokushin Karate Club last Jonty said. “I won twodid outcause of no “Ifuss. never thought I’d be Zealand and Wellington ChamBlends in well month. email@example.com three fiWith ghts.hydro slide will cause doing this for so many Trades and Services Shield pionships, the McEvedy a splash. Te n -ye a r- ol d A lys s a LiamAnd Love, another of years, but I was continuously and the North Island Secondary to it many people dash. Situation Vacant Narayanan won a gold Peter’s karate students, came re-setting my goals over School Championships. Through native bush we twist and wiggle. medal at the Australian third in his division. time.” Cam’s best throw of the season From the children brings a giggle. National Tournament in the Peter himself celebrated an Peter has been running his was at the New Zealand ChampiSevernachievement days a weekin the place is open. middleweight division. outstanding Marist Kyokushin Karate onships with a massive 65.42 m. Hot career summer days wea all Club are hopen! “The trip was great; I made his karate that only out of Raroa IntermeHe also plays for the Wellington some good friends over few Kiwis have managed. diate School for 17 years College 1st XV. there, and I won my first gold He was inducted into both teaching children and adults Graham McPhail of Khandalmedal,” Alyssa explained. 46 Waione Petone the Australasian Martial to defend themselves Publichow Notice lah also set a fiStne example in the 5685989 Open with Sat 9am-3pm She started training in Arts Hall of Fame and the and helping them with their local Ph: championships titles in Formerly cpa spares karate when she wasOF fiveTHE and DWorld Karate Union Hall of self-confi dence. AY Cam Robinson: Top male javelin thrower in the discus and javelin, silvers in fought her way up to a green Fame, with Wainuiomata Squash both providing “The parentsClub usually want the shot and a bronze in the 100m. his first season. belt with black stripes. Lifetime Achievement rec- their kids to learn discipline. Funeral Director “Most of my family is into ognition, which recognisedAGM N But karate is also about 51. J.K. My mum trained me his dedication to martial arts gaining fitness and strength. karate. Sports talk Rowling up. She is really good. Every over the past 42 years. “I really enjoy training oth7.00pm chose time I the get tired she reminds “I was extremelyMonday excited,”30th ers,November especially kids, because me why we’re doing this and Peter said. “As far as unusual you get to see them grow At I’m the Clubrooms she motivates me to keep aware, only 20 New Zea- and develop physically and name going,” Alyssa said. landers have received this emotionally.” ‘Hermione’ Corner of Main Road so young and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata girls wouldn’t Name the last entertaining Joseph other knockout artist like David Tua was, be teased Parker bout? but perhaps Parker is a better technical Bringing local news for being The Kiwi world heavyweight boxing boxer and is not getting his dues. nerdy! to the community champion vanquished the challenge of Who would win in a battle in their Great Britain’s Hughie (how old can you prime between Parker and Tua? Such a be to have a name that makes you sound subjective question isn’t fair but I know Situation Vacant like a toddler?) in Manchester on Sunday which one would get my money and it’s in another dull, uninspiring effort. not the current world champion. A solid It has left the detractors of his title reign The reality is that Tua was must-watch with plenty of fodder and his supporters television without ever having a world still looking for that career-launching championship. performance. Tua’s knockout power meant you had Parker won a majority split decision to pay your money and tune in just in with two of the three judges scoring the case he landed that big right that was a snooze-fest 118-110 while the other judge show stopper. must have dozed off midway through Win or lose he was still marketable. and decided to play it safe and call it a If Parker lost the world title would he 114-114 draw. still be marketable? Not in my opinion In talking to a former newspaper ,because he doesn’t have credible, enterDeliverers Required in colleague they questioned whether taining bouts to his credit. Parker was merely a journeyman making The belt is making the man and while Area 1: Momona, Mohaka, Kawatiri - Kaponga. the most of a weakened heavyweight he deservedly won his bout over Fury, division. he’s unlikely to have won any new fans That analysis seems hard to argue with. and in the entertainment industry that Applications are available at our recruitment Viewequate the Wainuiomata News Kiwi fans looking doesn’t to money in the bank. officePerhaps or at the security gateare based in the for anShihan Peter Jenningsaccounts@wsn.co.nz and karate students Alyssa Narayanan, Jonty Nguon and Liam Love. online www.wsn.co.nz Ngauranga George in Wellington. PHOTO: Supplied Contact Barry 472 7987 or 021 276 6654.
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